Formula Three, also called Formula 3 or F3, is a class of open-wheel formula racing. The various championships held in Europe, Australia, South America and Asia form an important step for many prospective Formula One drivers. Formula Three has traditionally been regarded as the first major stepping stone for F1 hopefuls – it is typically the first point in a driver’s career at which most drivers in the series are aiming at professional careers in racing rather than being amateurs and enthusiasts.
The Mazda Road to Indy is a group of developmental racing series launched in 2010 managed by Indy Racing League LLC with a goal being the IZOD IndyCar Series and the Indianapolis 500.As part of the program, all series participate in the three disciplines of the IndyCar Series: oval races, permanent road courses, and street circuits. In addition, all series participate in Indy 500 weekend, with the IndyCars and Indy Lights racing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the lower series racing at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on the “Night Before the 500”. More importantly to drivers and teams, series champions will receive assistance to ascend to the next rung of the ladder. On December 9, 2010 it was announced that Mazda would become the title sponsor of the program and provide scholarships for series champions to advance to the next rung of the ladder. (Wikipedia)
The Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda debuted in 2010 and is a revival of the highly regarded USF2000 series which ran from 1990 through 2006, launching the careers of many of today’s top drivers. Sanctioned by INDYCAR, the series is the first official step on the Mazda Road to Indy – a clearly defined path to reach the top echelons of the sport. In addition to providing a vital training ground for rising stars, the top driver in the Championship and National Classes will earn scholarships from Mazda to advance to the next step on the ladder system. (www.usf2000.com)